On Thursday in London, Van Alen Institute and Imperial College London’s Sustainable Society Network will be presenting the new Ecologies of Addiction research initiative. Launched earlier this month, the initiative aims to investigate relationships between addictions and city form. In September a team from King’s College London–led by neuroscientist Dr. Andrea Mechelli, landscape architect Johanna Gibbons, and artist Michael Smythe–were selected to develop an app-based study of the impact of the urban environment on impulsivity and addictive behaviors, and how that impact interacts with a person’s individual characteristics. Following the presentation on January 29th, the team will present their findings in May 2015 at a series of public events in London, and in June 2015 in New York City.
“Addictions present a huge challenge, and we think that a better understanding of how they work spatially can shed light on many other aspects of well-being and how it is impacted by environment,” explained Van Alen’s Executive Director David van der Leer.
Click here to learn more and sign up to attend Ecologies of Addiction presentation on Thursday, January 29th, online at VanAlen.org.